Well, first of all, kudos has to be said to Teemu Arina, Dr Olli Sovijärvi and the rest of the Biohacker Summit team for orchestrating such a tremendous show!
I was lucky enough to not only attend the whole summit but speak for the first time; how exciting!
My trip kicked off on Tuesday the 31st of May with an early flight from Gatwick, London airport, to Helsinki, Finland.
Shortly after, I was shuttled by taxi to the summit's partner hotel, Hotel AX, which resided in a great location in the city centre.
Red balloons greeted me in my modern hotel room with a message that I was the first guest to ever stay in room 402! How sweet.
Being super tired from the day's travels, I ordered chicken soba noodle salad from the hotel restaurant and got an early night, ready for the Optimised Day Workshop the following day.
I boarded the biohacking bus at 9 am sharp after fueling myself on the hotel's complimentary breakfast.
I was ready to attend the Optimised Day Workshop and acquire a wealth of biohacking knowledge from the greats!
After a peaceful ride, mostly looking out the window at Finnish nature, we arrived at the Optimised Day Workshop site.
The day was set at a quaint wooden cabin with a majestic view of the lakes and accompanying boats; a good choice from the team.
Of course, we were met off the bus with an authentic biohacking coffee consisting of Teemu's unique blend.
Shortly after, the learning experience began with lectures from the likes of Olli, Jaakko Halmetoja and Shawn Wells.
Additionally, we were blessed with sound healing from Jani Toivonen and yoga from Tuuli Sofia.
This was the day I stumbled upon an outstanding device called The NeuroVizr, which somehow gave me a 15-minute psychedelic trip just by flashing a white LED light at my central brow area (third eye).
The evening came, and so did the glorious Upgraded Dinner and lots of red wine cheers.
The following days can only be described as a dream. Being a part of the globe's best biohacking summit is incredible.
The venue was kitted out to impeccable detail, with the decorum inviting every Being who walked into the room to step out of their comfort zone and learn something about themselves.
A dedicated community-driven project like no other.
I took the summit's first day to relax and have a good time whilst dipping in and out of interviews with similar minds.
As the first day came to an end, I began gearing up for my speech; 1:20 pm on Saturday was the big moment for me. A mix of nerves and excitement began to wash over me, but I knew that if I had a good dress and heels, it would take half the pain away, haha!
I entered backstage at around 1 pm on Saturday, ready to go and no longer nervous. I was calm and collected. I knew my subject well and had prepared a cute presentation about Hyperbaric Oxygen's regenerative capabilities compared to a salamander.
With 30 seconds to go, I stepped out on stage and immediately let the energy take over me. I'm so glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
I guess being a public speaker is a balancing act of vulnerability and showman-ism. But for sure, I know it is right for me, and I can't wait to continue to connect with people through the medium of public speaking.
The Finnish Maldives (lol) was the location for the Upgraded Offsite. I took LSD that day, so I tripped pretty hard and had some super in-depth realisations.
Being surrounded by so much beautiful nature made a significant change from the concrete jungle of London.
Connecting to Mother Nature is truly what life is about.
My closing thoughts are full of gratitude, peace and inner knowledge.
I feel like I have developed a new sense of character development leaving the summit.
I met extraordinary people that week who have impacted me in soul-touching ways.
I'm proud to announce that I will be speaking again at the next Biohacker Summit, based in Amsterdam, on October 14th-15th.
This time, I will be presenting a topic very close to my heart, being Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD).
Having overcome a severe bought of complex PTSD just over a year ago, I can't wait to share my innate thoughts on how to combat depression and anxiety and how to let go of the pain in your past, honestly.